The Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre (SECC) says it is the first venue to support an initiative aimed at increasing resource efficiency and creating up to £2.9bn of savings across Scotland.
The Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games organising committee are acting as ambassadors for the scheme – the Resource Efficiency Pledge – by promoting it to the Games’ venues and suppliers, and to the Scottish events sector as a whole. The scheme is being delivered by Zero Waste Scotland on behalf of the Scottish Government.
The SECC has pledged to improve recycling rates and energy efficiency and will also be focusing on staff engagement to ensure the whole team plays its part.
The pledge will also contribute to the 2014 Commonwealth Games’ commitment to deliver a sustainable Games, as the venue is set to be the Games’ largest precinct venue, hosting judo, wrestling, gymnastics, boxing, netball, weightlifting and powerlifitng, and will be the main media hub for the world’s press.
“We are delighted to be the first venue to sign up to the Resource Efficiency Pledge as it will provide both the inspiration and motivation to enhance our environmental performance in what is a competitive and challenging business,” said Alan Cuggy, Safety, Health and Environmental Manager for the SECC. “The Resource Efficiency Pledge will build upon our previous achievements recognised through the Green Tourism Business Scheme Gold Star Award.”
David Grevemberg, Chief Executive of Glasgow 2014, said: “Glasgow 2014 is pleased to support the Resource Efficiency Pledge. As an Organising Committee and in collaboration with our Games partners and stakeholders, we are working hard to deliver a sustainable Commonwealth Games, embed resource efficiency in all aspects of Games delivery and we hope to share our learning with future Games host cities and the wider events sector.”
Iain Gulland, Director of Zero Waste Scotland, added: “The Resource Efficiency Pledge is a way to make it easy for Scottish businesses to work through simple steps to reduce their resource use, save money and demonstrate their commitment to the environment. Our Resource Efficient Scotland team can provide expert advice to any business to help firms reduce energy, water and raw material costs and the Pledge is a great way to show customers and partners that your business is environmentally responsible.”
Image L-R: Environment Secretary Richard Lochhead; Alan Cuggy of SECC; Iain Gulland, Director of Zero Waste Scotland and Gareth Talbot of Glasgow 2014
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